Patrick Cehlin's goal in the sixth round of the shootout lifted Milwaukee to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Wolves in an Amtrak Rivalry classic on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena.
Goaltender Jake Allen (29-16-3) stopped 22 shots in regulation and overtime and 4 of 6 in the shootout to earn a share of the Wolves' single-season record with his sixth shutout. He also seized the American Hockey League lead for shutouts this season.
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Milwaukee's Scott Darling (11-4-2) posted 36 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped 5 of 6 in the shootout to earn the win and his fifth shutout of the year.
"Their goalie played really well," said Wolves coach John Anderson. "They played a smart game, too. They didn't give us a lot of Grade A chances. I thought we had a few more chances than them. We just didn't cash in."
Keith Aucoin was the only player to score for the Wolves in the shootout. Mathieu Tousignant joined Cehlin in scoring for the Admirals (33-22-6-7).
Despite the loss, the Wolves' magic number dropped to 2 points, The Wolves (39-20-5-4) will clinch the 16th postseason bid in their 20-year history today if Rochester loses in regulation to Syracuse and Hamilton hands Oklahoma City any type of loss.
The Wolves also clinched a share of the Amtrak Rivalry trophy. They own a 15-9 lead in points with three games remaining against Milwaukee.
The Wolves enjoy a pair of games at Allstate Arena this weekend as they host Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Saturday and Iowa at 3 p.m. Sunday